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How Munich switched 15,000 PCs from Windows to Linux
Linux Voice ^ | May 9th, 2014 | Mike Saunders

Posted on 05/09/2014 9:47:55 AM PDT by Utilizer

Hirschgarten, in the west of Munich, is one of Europe’s biggest beer gardens, with over 8,000 places to sit. It’s a spectacular sight in summer: hundreds of benches as far as the eye can see, trees providing some shelter from the heat, and a vast number of people relaxing and enjoying the city’s famous beers.

But while 8,000 is an impressive number, it’s not as impressive as 15,000. That’s how many people the Munich city council has switched from Windows to Linux over the last decade. Migrating workers of Germany’s third-largest city was no easy task and there were plenty of hurdles along the way, but by and large the project has been a storming success. ...

...“Back in 2001, a member of the Munich city council asked: are there any alternatives to using Microsoft software? And based on that question, we put out a tender for a study, which compared five platform options. One was purely Microsoft-based, one was Windows with OpenOffice, one was Linux with OpenOffice, and so forth.”

As the study progressed, two main options emerged as choices for the council: remaining with a purely Microsoft solution, which would involve upgrading existing Windows NT and 2000 systems to XP; and moving to a purely Linux and open source alternative. “If you lay more emphasis on the monetary side, the pure Microsoft alternative would have won, or if you lay the emphasis on the strategic side, the open source alternative was better.”

That was interesting enough – that staying with Microsoft would have been cheaper. Given the cost of buying licences for Windows and Office, you’d think that sticking with Microsoft would’ve cost far more than switching to Linux.

(Excerpt) Read more at linuxvoice.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: linux; windows
Interesting, and rather detailed, article about some real-world reasons why not just people, but more organizations should look closely at switching to Linux. They even have a succint summation of Ballmer himself, including the fact that his pressure to remain with the 'doze OS was one of the reasons they decided to switch.

Also includes link to free PDF explaining the hows and whys of the switch, just in case you would like to send it to any agencies that might benefit from it.

1 posted on 05/09/2014 9:47:55 AM PDT by Utilizer
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To: Utilizer

Great article! I loved how Ballmer was challenged by the “negotiating strategy” the Mayor used. This article should be required reading for anyone who lives in fear of the M$ hegemony (and all Apple nuts too, just because).


2 posted on 05/09/2014 9:56:11 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Utilizer
Oracle's Open Office suite is a fairly respectable word processing and spreadsheet (among other things) which doesn't require a license fee. They may be a little more clunky to work with than the Word and Excel equivalents, but that is mainly a matter of getting used to them.

It is refreshing to use something where money isn't being skimmed to go toward Bill Gates' lefty causes.

3 posted on 05/09/2014 9:56:34 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Utilizer

I am in the process of switching from Windows XP to Linux. I installed in the first of 3 computers yesterday.


4 posted on 05/09/2014 9:56:46 AM PDT by c-b 1 (Reporting from behind enemy lines, in occupied AZTLAN.)
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To: Vigilanteman

LibreOffice is great


5 posted on 05/09/2014 9:58:05 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Utilizer
They're missing part of that Micro$oft experience by doing this, though. Fortunately I can supply it myself. Put $100 per machine into an envelope and send it to me for not a damn thing at all.

You'll feel better. Really.

6 posted on 05/09/2014 9:58:36 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Utilizer

All police stations in France are switching too


7 posted on 05/09/2014 9:59:26 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: bigbob
Indeed. Ballmer seems to still think that if he just forces himself into a company's boardroom and keeps strongly insisting that using his company's product that of course all will be well.

Those high-pressure sales tactics never worked whenever I was forced to deal with them. Good on them for not bowing to his bluster.

8 posted on 05/09/2014 10:06:09 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Utilizer
Why did it took so long ?

Fear ?

Loathing ?


9 posted on 05/09/2014 10:11:43 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: c-b 1
You made a good choice. I switched mine over after the news that XP was to expire and haven't had a single regret.

A couple of caveats though...

My flatbed scanner only has windows compatability and I didn't want to purchase a new one to replace it so I set it up on an old XP computer (not connected to the 'net) and scan to a thumb drive to use with my linux office programs.

I also ran into an issue with a video card not supported by linux so I just replaced it (cheap) with a newer one that is supported. Once you iron out the little things you'll find linux to be a very stable operating system.

Oh,yeah, by the way, any new computer accessory I purchase has to have a linux compatability logo on it or I don't buy.

10 posted on 05/09/2014 10:11:51 AM PDT by whodathunkit
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To: Vigilanteman

Good to know. I wish more people would come to understand that no, they do not HAVE to have the very latest version of MS Office to get the job done. Indeed, MS has historically made later versions of their Office Suite incompatible with earlier files saved in previous versions, so as to “encourage” people to ‘upgrade’.


11 posted on 05/09/2014 10:14:19 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

took ==> take


12 posted on 05/09/2014 10:14:53 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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13 posted on 05/09/2014 10:16:01 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: c-b 1
Good on ya! It might also be helpful to look at their recommended User Forums for advice on various things or if something is not quite working well under the new OS. User groups are always glad to help, and oftentimes they can also refer you to a similar, if not identical, problem and resolution previously posted.

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14 posted on 05/09/2014 10:19:31 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

Most people are simply loathe to change. Which I find extremely annoying because everytime they purchase the latest version of ‘doze they have to re-learn everything anyway! Why not just switch to Linux in the first place and never again be forced to pay someone else for the privilege of painstakingly re-learning how to do things all over again?


15 posted on 05/09/2014 10:24:17 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Vigilanteman
Oracle's Open Office suite is a fairly respectable word processing and spreadsheet (among other things) which doesn't require a license fee. They may be a little more clunky to work with than the Word and Excel equivalents, but that is mainly a matter of getting used to them.

I think it is harder for those of us who have a decade of more of using Office than for a new learner. My sons have always used OpenOffice and can use it effortlessly. I still look for things in OpenOffice where I remember them being years earlier in Office.

16 posted on 05/09/2014 10:31:41 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Utilizer

Dad finally got tired of Windows issues about a year ago and had me set his laptop up to dual boot Windows and Linux.

He never uses the Windows side any more. And he never calls me with problems.

Mom still does. She’s still using Windows.


17 posted on 05/09/2014 10:33:57 AM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (I'm not racist - I hate Biden too!)
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To: Straight Vermonter; Utilizer

It may also be worth taking a look at LibreOffice (Post #5) as some of the things on their skinny look like it might even be better than Oracle.


18 posted on 05/09/2014 10:40:55 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: FLAMING DEATH
I still dual-boot XP and Linux. Mostly because there are a couple of necessary programs I use constantly that do not come in a Linux flavour.

The other reason is because some of the external drives I access are in the NTFS format, and sometimes if a problem develops I have to boot up XP and check the disk twice before I can use it again. Linux even says on the screen I have to do it. Why? Because even after about fifteen years since introducing the standard, MS has STILL not published the specifications for it and apparently never plans to. So, the Linux coders have managed to figure out most of it but get no help whatsoever from the MS pukes.

19 posted on 05/09/2014 10:56:32 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Utilizer

I’ve been using Linux distros for several years now and very pleased with them. I like the LTS versions (long term support) because you’ll get updates for the 5 year period they run. I also dual boot a few with XP or Windows 7 but rarely have to go back for anything in those.

CGato


20 posted on 05/09/2014 10:56:57 AM PDT by Conservative Gato
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To: Conservative Gato
I have used several different distros as well, before finally settling on one standard that works across many machines and is based upon Debian Stable. Tried Win 7.x and 8.x (they arrived pre-installed in some machines) and was not impressed at all. I really see no reason why people should be forced to upgrade to them when a single Linux install will take care of most tasks they need accomplished on the computer with the default programs included on the distro they choose.

Maybe it's the name... -then again, there is a Linux distro out there named "Pear" I believe, so perhaps that will convince some to try it.

21 posted on 05/09/2014 11:18:46 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Utilizer

Looks like Mr. Gates won’t be the first trillionaire after all.


22 posted on 05/09/2014 2:17:29 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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